Champagne Palace Wedding – Tamica and Lawrence

September 29, 2023

Tamica and Lawrence really know how to throw a party!  Their Champagne Palace wedding was one of the most exciting we’ve done this year and so full of beautiful details – it was just a blast to photograph.

When I first met Tamica and Lawrence at the Botanical Gardens for their engagement session, I knew that I would love working with them.   They are both from the New Orleans area, so of course, they just reminded me of home.  Their wedding day started with them having fun getting ready with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.  Tamica and her girls had a beautiful Airbnb in the Central Business District of New Orleans.  This place was so full of beautiful light and was decorated in every room with festive balloons and signs!  Tamica had not one, not two but THREE outfits for her wedding day along with shoes and other gorgeous details.  I’m obsessed with her custom acrylic ring box, too – I probably took way too many photos of it, but it was just so unique and pretty!

Once all the girls were ready, Tamica put on dress number one, a super cute white tulle dress that her niece said made her look like a Barbie doll.  Once we arrived at Champagne Palace, Tamica put on her gorgeous wedding gown from Blush Bridal.  Her final outfit was a fun sequin jumpsuit that she put on in time for their party!   Lawrence also had a party outfit, a pink floral tuxedo from Gentleman’s Guru.

Their ceremony was held in the beautiful gardens at Champagne Palace.  As their guests began arriving, I noticed there was a common theme to their outfits – everyone had on shades of brown and pink.  I asked Tamica about it and it turns out, her guests had a dress code to follow!   When I scroll through their reception images and see how everything just coordinates and flows together, it makes my eyes so happy LOL   I think every wedding should have a dress code!   Okay, not really because I know it’s not feasible for a lot of weddings – but seriously, it was all just so gorgeous!

After their ceremony and all of the traditional wedding events came one of the most chaotic and exciting things I’ve ever photographed at a wedding.  Tamica and Lawrence’s second line was led by a few Zulu Krewe members and as soon as they stepped into the ballroom, the crowd surrounded all of them completely and it was difficult to get close enough to get photos of the action.   But we managed to squeeze our way through and got some really fun photos of the Krewe and all the guests.  For a solid 20 minutes, the brass band played and everyone danced in a tight circle with whistles blowing and the crowd cheering.  We loved every second of it!

Congratulations Tamica and Lawrence, I hope your wedding was everything you dreamed it would be!

The Details:

Prep:  Airbnb on Baronne St in New Orleans
Ceremony and Reception:  The Champagne Palace
Wedding Dresses:  Blush Bridal, Kittychen Couture
Hair and Make Up:  Jermani, Savannah
Bridesmaids Dresses:  Pearl’s Place
Florist:  Beth’s Flowers, Rudy (bride’s cousin)
Groom’s Suite and Attire:  John’s Tuxedo, Gentleman’s Guru
Cake:  Gambino’s
DJ:  DJ Calvin
Decorator: Bride and Mother of the Bride, Tamica and Mary
Videographer:  Jared, Humbleness Beginnings Photography
2nd Photographer:  Amanda Broussard

Tamica poses with her ride to Champagne Palace, a white Bentley Beautiful candlelit cake display at Champagne Palace Champagne Palace ballroom setup and ready for Tamica and Lawrence's guests The new couple pause for a second at their Champagne Palace wedding Bride and groom with family at Champagne Palace Tamica and Lawrence with their bridal party in the courtyard of Champagne Palace Tamica and Lawrence looked amazing for their Champagne Palace wedding The gardens were a beautiful place for Tamica and Lawrence's romantic portraits Posing on the balcony overlooking their party, Tamica and Lawrence show off their party outfits Members of the Krewe of Zulu lead the second line through Champagne Palace's ballroom